Platform21calls themselves a design platform (“curiously exploring”, “strangely optimistic”) but other people call them change agents, and that definitely describes them. Witness their latest project, Repair Manifesto. In eloquent, energizing statements, it expounds the coolness of repair. (Check out #5 and #7.) It has hit a nerve, racing through the internet like wildfire.
Platform21 hopes to start a movement of repair, of people sharing knowledge and skills about how to repair things, inspiring each other. Their website is a hub of information, labs, events, contests, talks, dialogues, and photos that inspire and facilitate repair.
There are repairs by artists, like Jan Vormann, who uses Leggos to patch old structures….
…and repairs by ordinary folk (like this one from There, I Fixed It)…
…..which is Platform21’s point: amateur and professional creativity in a dialogue. “..revealing the making process…showing and sharing the process of creation is a powerful way to engage a broad audience in divers aspects of design.”
“The making process”…Wish I’d though of that.